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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 28, 2015): The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) applauds today’s actions by Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler to “restructure and modernize” the Lifeline program to support broadband access for low-income Americans.

Chairman Wheeler’s proposed program changes would increase efficiencies and “establish minimum service standards for both voice and broadband.”  Through these changes, the Lifeline program will be “rebooted” to assist consumers in gaining access to 21st century communications tools while providing additional protections against waste, fraud, and abuse.

As broadband has become one of the most essential tools for improving quality of life, MMTC lauds today’s announcement as the next step toward ensuring access for all Americans, particularly those who are economically vulnerable or socially isolated.  [click to continue…]

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 20, 2015): Alex Nogales’s resignation from MMTC’s 30-member advisory board resulted from his disagreement with an article by an external author posted on our blog. The post was made without going through MMTC’s usual approval process, and upon being apprised of the post, our CEO immediately recognized that the post was inherently offensive, ordered it taken down, and apologized.  The post was contrary to our mission of advancing net equality for all people.

Although we have reached out to Mr. Nogales to resolve this matter amicably, he chose not engage in any dialogue.

While we respect his decision to step down, and wish him well, we hope this does not impact our ability to work on issues of reciprocal interest to our organizations. The heart of our work continues to reflect our commitment to closing the divide for all Americans.

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On May 20th, join Dialogue on Diversity for its annual Health Care Symposium and Fair, “A Last Generation’s Dreams – XXI Century Reality.” The Symposium will hold a number of panels on telehealth issues such as barriers of language and class and the resulting inequality of access; patient privacy concerns over aspects of the IT Adoption Project in health care; and educational sessions for the elderly with free screening tests offered.  The symposium will close with a reception from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Dialogue on Diversity 2015 Health Care Symposium
May 20, 2015 | 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Reception 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
American Federation of Teachers
555 New Jersey Avenue, 4th Floor, Washington, DC
Symposium and Reception are Free and Open to the Public
Lunch, Refreshments, and Simultaneous English-Spanish Translation Provided. 

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 15, 2015):  This week, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) and 35 partner organizations from national civil rights, consumer and cultural organizations sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission on behalf of consumers across America.  The letter’s 36 signators represent diverse and strong support among advocates for immediate and comprehensive reform of the critically important Lifeline program supported by the Universal Service Fund (USF).

“Modernizing the Lifeline program is at the core of accelerating broadband adoption for underserved communities,” stated MMTC President and CEO Kim Keenan.  “This letter represents the stance of a broad range of civil rights, consumer, and other minority-serving organizations that are ready to make home broadband access a reality for millions of low-income consumers.”

As the letter states, bipartisan support is required to modernize the Lifeline program so millions of Americans can access the “full potential of the digital broadband age, and obtain this benefit through a more efficient and effective program.”  According to the Pew Research Center, many Americans, and particularly those from vulnerable communities, are heavily “smartphone dependent,” relying upon their mobile devices to access essential online services that include job searching, healthcare, and education.  [click to continue…]

On May 11, MMTC and 35 other national civil rights organizations, including the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), NAACP, National Urban League, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC), and Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), filed an ex parte letter urging the FCC to take action to modernize the Lifeline Universal Service Program. The full letter and list of signators is below.

Dear Chairman Wheeler and Commissioners:

RE:      Lifeline Reform, WC Dockets 11-42 and 03-109

The 36 organizations set out below write on behalf of telecommunications consumers across America to call for the rapid and comprehensive reform of the Commission’s critically important Lifeline universal service program.

A bi-partisan effort is required to modernize this program so that millions of Americans can realize the full potential of the digital broadband age, and obtain this benefit in an efficient and effective program.  At Stanford University’s Rebele Symposium on April 1, 2015, Commissioner Clyburn called the Internet the “great equalizer of our time,” accurately noting how society’s increasing dependence on the rapid exchange of information makes broadband connectivity essential for the average American to access education, employment opportunities, improved health care, civic engagement, family communications and a host of other services.

According to the Pew Research Center, today 70 percent of American adults have a broadband connection, and 90 percent with incomes of $100,000 or more have broadband at home. Yet disparities in broadband access by income still persist.  Sixty-four percent of Americans with incomes of less than $30,000, 54 percent of citizens with incomes under $20,000, and 42 percent of those with incomes less than $10,000 have broadband service at home. Pew also reports that senior citizens typically have been the slowest adopters of home broadband; only 47 percent of U.S. adults age 65 and older have broadband at home.

A modernized Lifeline program aimed at making broadband more affordable and available for the nation’s low-income, older and less able consumers is a fundamental tool in the fight to break the cycle of poverty and connect the under-connected.  [click to continue…]

Internet Tax2Last December, Congress supported a moratorium on Internet access taxes by extending the Internet Tax Freedom Act (ITFA), a ban on state and local taxation of the Internet that would inflate the cost of access.  Unfortunately, this is only a temporary fix as the legislation is set to expire this October. The original moratorium has been extended four times since it was enacted in 1998, including twice just last year.

The time has come to move toward a more permanent solution so Congress can once and for all get this off the table and guarantee an Internet landscape without the potential of future financial burdens for consumers.

So far, Congress has made promising but slow movement toward passing a permanent act.  The Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA, or H.R.3086) legislation, which passed the House last fall, was reintroduced in January of this year. The Senate companion bill, the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act (ITFFA, or S. 1431), was introduced a month later. If passed, both bills would amend the temporary Internet Tax Freedom Act by enacting a permanent ban on state and local taxes of Internet access and on multiple or discriminatory taxes on electronic commerce.  [click to continue…]

Register by Friday, May 8th, to lock in your $100 discount!

SNL Kagan TV and Radio Finance Summit 2015Join a stellar lineup of broadcast owners, investors, strategic advisors and professionals from across the industry for SNL Kagan’s 32nd Annual TV and Radio Finance Summit! From the latest on the incentive auctions and retrans to valuation trends and opportunities for growth, we’ll explore the issues, questions and risks most pressing in today’s broadcast environment.

Essential topics + the right people = an event you can’t afford to miss!

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This article originally appeared in The Washington Informer.

South Carolina Protestors - Tolbert Smalls Jr The Charleston ChronicleLock in the image, focus and hit record. Only this time it’s not for a selfie. Feiden Santana from North Charleston, South Carolina, found himself positioning his mobile phone to record the homicide of Walter Scott. In the case of Santana, his video showed an African-American man left to die as a public servant stood over him, doing nothing. For Kevin Moore, his similar curiosities led him from his apartment to the street to capture video of a man from his community getting dragged by the Baltimore police while under arrest. Freddie Gray, the man being recorded, would later die after being in police custody.

For both individuals recording footage, they were in the right place at very unfortunate times. But Santana and Moore used what was at their immediate disposal to deliver justice – their mobile phones.

Millions of Americans are equipped with these types of mobile devices, just like these men. According to a recent survey by the Pew Research Center, 64 percent of Americans now own a smartphone. More Americans are also becoming highly smartphone-dependent as they use their devices to find employment, conduct banking transactions, and secure government services. Not to get too personal, but these wireless devices follow us to work, to the grocery store, on vacation, and even to our bedside.  [click to continue…]

Today,  the  Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership (HTTP), DiverseTech, and ProtectMyData sent a joint letter to Congress, urging legislators to push the nation’s largest credit card issuers to implement new safeguards, including chip and PIN technology, to protect consumers from credit card security breaches. The full letter is below.

Credit CardsApril 30, 2015

Honorable Members of Congress:

The severity and intensity of data security breaches has risen dramatically in recent years and cannot be denied. American consumers and businesses have been the victims of rampant data theft as a result of high-profile cyber-attacks on major financial institutions, large retailers, health care companies, and even the entertainment industry. As a result, hundreds of millions of Americans’ sensitive personal and financial information has been compromised.

We applaud Congressional efforts to improve public and private cybersecurity measures, and the bipartisan approach to strengthening cyber security protections, improving information sharing, and enhancing consumer notification standards in the event of a breach. But despite these efforts, a gaping vulnerability in data security will remain if credit card security is not addressed.  [click to continue…]